This section includes scientific and technological news from the IAC and its Observatories, as well as press releases on scientific and technological results, astronomical events, educational projects, outreach activities and institutional events.

  • Visit of the "Amigos del IAC" at the OT

    El sábado 4 de junio tuvo lugar la primera visita organizada por este programa, que tiene como objetivo fomentar la participación de la ciudadanía en la actividad del Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), dando a conocer su investigación y desarrollo tecnológico. 25 miembros del programa "Amigos del IAC" fueron seleccionados del total de inscritos en la actividad para visitar las instalaciones del Observatorio del Teide (Tenerife) de la mano del equipo que gestiona el programa "Amigos del IAC". Durante su visita, accedieron al interior de varias instalaciones astronómicas y

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  • Beatriz Villarroel

    Every year the L’Oréal Foundation and Unesco recognize five importan women scientists from the five continents. This year, for its 25th edition, the International Prize for Rising Talents has been awarded, in Europe, to Beatriz Villarroel, a researcher at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA, a joint institute of the University of Stockholm and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology) and at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) for the project Vanishing & Appearing Sources during a Century of Observations (VASCO) which tries to identify astronomical objects which

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  • Fases del eclipse total de Luna en julio de 2018

    Three years after the previous broadcast of a lunar eclipse, in the early morning of Sunday 15th to Monday 16th of May the channel will give live coverage of this awaited astronomical event from the Canary Observatories. On Monday 16th May, starting at 02:27 UT the Moon will again enter the shadow of the Earth, and will take on the coppery glow which is so characteristic of lunar eclipses. This event will be visible from the Canaries starting at 03:27 a.m. local Canary time, and in the Peninsula, where dawn will arrive with the Moon eclipsed, from 04:27h. From that time, the moon

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  • The students from Barlovento, with Gloria Andreuzzi, the first to come back to the Observatory

    After a break of two years due to the pandemic, the students of the 4th ESO class in La Palma will again be able to get to know about the astrophysics research carried out at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, in company with volunteer astronomers from the various telescopes. After ten seasons of the educational programme “Our Students and the Roque de los Muchachos” this school course is starting up again live, during this school year, with a new format which for the first time includes a visit to the Visitor Centre of the Roque de los Muchachos, thanks to the collaboration of the

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  • Iglesia Camino de Santiago

    A study led by the researcher of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias Maitane Urrutia-Aparicio has shown the relevance of sunrise on Easter Sunday, one of the most important Christian festivities, in the orientation of Romanesque churches on the Camino de Santiago. This work exposes the close relationship between the sky and the orientation of the constructions of the Jacobean Route. It also shows that medieval societies already included temporal symbolism in the construction of their temples. The latest research results have been published in the journal Sustainability. "The main

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  • telescopios MAGIC

    Scientists from the MAGIC collaboration, using a system of two 17m diameter imaging air Cherenkov telescopes located on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, have detected very high energy gamma-rays from a recurrent nova in the Milky Way. This event is the first one that has been detected at such energies and may provide new insight into this class of eruptions, and the potential role they play for producing the mysterious highly energetic cosmic rays that permeate the Milky Way. The researchers present the results of their observations and insights they gained into this type of stellar

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